It’s easy to grow your own flowers from seed. Here’s beautiful flowers, growing information & seed collections for gifts.
Flower Seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife.
Do you dream of a beautiful garden full of scented flowers and buzzing with wildlife?
The truth is that it’s not just a dream but a distinct possibility for you.
In this shop you will find flower seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. I have grown these flowers myself then selected the best, most beautiful and easiest plants for you to grow. To find out more about a plant just click on the images below to open the page and read more about how to grow them.
Seeds to sow in May.
There are lots of lovely Hardy Annual Seeds to sow in April. They are beautiful in your garden, excellent for wildlife and brilliant for cut flowers too.
May is the month to sow Half Hardy Annuals too. Cosmos Antirrhinum (Snapdragons) Rudbeckia and Cleome can all be sown now.
COUNTRY GARDEN SEED SHOP
Papaver somniferum 'Double Mixed'
Opium Poppies are some of the most beautiful flowers to grow from seed with gorgeous papery blooms like crumpled silk. As their name suggests these poppies have double flowers in a good mix of colours including shades of red and pink, lilac and purple plus white. Double Mixed is excellent for cut flower production. Stems are tall and sturdy topped by large blooms followed by lovely fat seed heads. Flowers are produced from late spring (end of May) to late summer (August). If you need some colour in your life this could be a great plant for you! Poppies are brilliant planted in drifts, great for cottage gardens and wildlife and super for cut flowers too. The seedheads can also be used in flower arrangements.
|Plant Type||Hardy Annual|
|Height & Spread||90cm tall x 30cm spread|
|Sow Seeds||Sow direct in spring. Dislikes root disturbance so it's best to sow where you want these poppies to flower. Seeds are tiny so do not cover them because they need light to germinate. Take care when watering to prevent the seeds being washed away. Alternatively sow in August or September for slightly earlier flowers next year.|
|Thin/Plant Out||Thin seedlings to allow sufficient space (30cm) for the young plants to grow and develop.|
|Conditions Required||Double Mixed will grow in most garden situations ranging from full sun to dappled shade. They prefer moist but well drained soil. Protect from slugs and snails because they love Poppies.|
|Flower Production|| Flowers produced in 10 -12 weeks from a spring sowing. Grow plenty and sow in succession for lots of blooms.|
|Picking||Pick in the cool of the early morning or evening when the buds are just starting to break open. Poppies last just a couple of days in a vase but they are productive plants so harvest frequently to keep the blooms coming. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to prolong vase life and place immediately in fresh clean water. Seedheads can also be used in arrangements either freshly cut or dried.|
|Planting Combinations||If you want a good show of colourful blooms and plenty of flowers for cutting then sow Double Mixed Poppies with other Poppies and Hardy Annuals in drifts.|